Please join us Sunday, May 19, for a festival service of Holy Eucharist to celebrate Pentecost. Emmanuel Music will offer our last Bach cantata for the season: BWV 74: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten II. See translations of the cantatas by Pamela Dellal and notes by our music directors. Join us after the service in Lindsey Chapel for a celebration of thanksgiving for our musicians.
A Season of Rest & Refreshment
Between March 1 and May 31, our Rector, Pam Werntz, will be away on a restorative sabbatical while Emmanuel Church engages in refreshment and renewal activities designed to be integrated with the sabbatical. The theme of this renewal time comes from reflecting on the spiritual connections between Miriam the Prophet (Moses’ sister), Miriam of Migdal (Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles), our own call to prophetic witness.
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“Book officiant.” That’s what all the bridal magazines told me to do at least nine months before the wedding.
To be honest, with a year to plan I’d been more preoccupied with short ribs or halibut, buttercream or fondant, than with deciding who would perform our ceremony. But somewhere between selecting mini crab flautas to be served during cocktail hour and corn bisque for a starter, I realized the menu shouldn’t be my top priority. For the first time, Eric and I would have to explicitly address our different religious backgrounds and decide how Judaism and Christianity would factor into our life together.
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During a worship service a while back, the chorus of Emmanuel Music sang a motet “Der Herr denket an uns,” which is #9 in Johann Hermann Schein’s “Israels Brünnlein” collection. The text is from Psalm 115, verses 12–15. I sat there in my usual spot in the third row, soaking up the beauty in my usual way—not following along in the program but just watching the singers, players, and John Harbison’s conducting dance. And listening. Listening with a ferocious desire for bigger ears so I could take in this miracle of sound that we call music.